I remember the bad old days of the 1980s, when the stages used to be packed and the crowds would taunt the cars like matadors before a bull. It was especially bad in Portugal. I’m sure more than one person lost a finger to an air intake of a speeding rally car that they tried to touch.
Honestly, I’m surprised that this sort of stuff still happens, and doubly so at the highest level of competition. The (handful of) local rallies that I have been to have organised their spectator areas on a level with the safety measures the organisers of Rally Australia took when I visited back in 2005.